Clothing/Cosmetics and Animal Abuse Article from

Stella McCartney Turns Champagne Waste Into Luxury Grape Leather

December 2023

The designer and sustainability campaigner has partnered with champagne brand Veuve Clicquot to use grape waste from its vineyards to create a grape-based alternative to leather.

champagne leathert

Fashion designer and sustainability champion Stella McCartney has revealed a new luxury collection made with “grape leather”.

The grape-based alternative to leather is made of grape waste taken from the vineyards of champagne brand Veuve Clicquot, with whom McCartney has partnered with for the collection.

The collaboration highlights an innovative and sustainable alternative to traditional animal-based leather, with the production process taking by-products of Veuve Clicquot’s harvest and then combining them with plant oils and natural fibers to create a fabric McCartney calls VEGEA.

Like many of McCartney’s efforts, sustainability credentials are key. The new grape-based VEGEA helps to create leather without the need for animal-based leather, which is a product of the climate-intensive animal agriculture industry. Animal agriculture contributes an estimated 11-17 percent of the world’s GHG emissions, with 65 percent of that being from cattle. 


Please read the ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE.


Return to Clothing/Cosmetics Abuses Articles